Sharjah-headquartered waste management company Bee’ah has inaugurated an industrial wastewater treatment plant (IWTP) that cleans liquid discharge and returns it for reuse within its waste management centre in Al Saj’ah.
The IWTP will process at least 300m³ of wastewater per day, with its output to be used for irrigation purposes.
Bee’ah claims the plant is one of the most advanced treatment sites of its kind in the country, owing to its five-stage cleaning process that includes ultraviolet (UV) filtration to remove biological contaminates.
Under its five-tiered approach, sand and floating fats are first removed from the liquid waste. Water is then chemically treated to adjust its pH balance and to remove heavy metals.
Organic pollutants and ammonia are broken down next, before the water goes thought a multi-filtration process where UV is used to extract contamination.
Bee’ah said the IWTP will help it meet commitments to become a zero waste-producing business in the future. Additionally, the plant will contribute to the company’s ambition of helping Sharjah become the first zero-waste city in the Middle East by 2021.
Sharjah currently has a 76% waste diversion rate, which is the highest in the Middle East, according to Bee’ah.
HE Thabit Salim Al Tarifi, director general of Sharjah City Municipality, was among the senior-level officials who attended Bee’ah’s inauguration of the IWTP, according to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam.
Also in attendance were HE Khaled Al Huraimel, group chief executive officer of Bee'ah, and HE Salim Al Owais, the company's chairman.
Al Tarifi said it was imperative for Sharjah to “reuse and recover” waste, adding: “We recently launched a plant to treat sewage water for use in irrigation and washing cars. We believe these facilities will work in tandem to ensure the continued availability of water resources in Sharjah.”
Bee'ah chairman Al Owais added that the water treatment plant would provide a sustainable way to reuse industrial wastewater, volumes of which are increasing in the UAE as the Emirates' manufacturing sector makes greater contributions to the country’s gross domestic product.